Cargo and Debris from a Truck Accident Can Cause Injuries to Other Road Users – Who is Liable?
Driving near or behind a semi truck can cause anxiety and trepidation, even for the most seasoned of drivers. The reasons are many, but it all comes down to one thing: they are large and accidents with them can be devastating. The same can be said of accidents involving debris and fallen cargo. What options do victims have when they are injured because of such an incident? The following information explains.
Road Debris versus Debris from a Truck - Understanding the Difference
Like other vehicles, semis sometimes run over road debris, but because the semi is far larger than another vehicle, the debris can then be catapulted on or into the vehicle of another driver. Typically, such accidents are seen as unexpected and unforeseen events, so compensation may be difficult to obtain. However, if the debris comes from the truck itself - be it cargo or otherwise - the victim of the accident may be owed compensation. Still, victims often experience great difficulty when trying to obtain compensation for such accidents.
The Challenges in Obtaining Compensation After a Truck-Related Accident
Because the trucking industry is federally regulated, and truck companies usually fight to reduce the risk of a payout and potential fine from the government, victims are at a serious disadvantage when pursuing a claim. They must often go through rigorous investigations with federal entities, insurance companies, and the trucking company - and most of these agencies will do anything they can to make it appear that the victim was at least partially, if not completely at fault.
When one adds in the long and painful recovery that victims are making - be it health-wise or because they are grieving the loss of a loved one - their ability to fight back and successfully navigate the claims process is diminished. They may also be stressed over mounting medical bills and an inability to work, which can place a financial strain on their family. If the trucking industry is found at fault, or if it is suspected that they cannot avoid a payout, they may try to use this stress against the victim. Typically, this comes in the form of a reduced payout - one that is desperately needed by the victim and their family but far less than they may be owed.
Protecting Your Right to Pursue Full and Fair Compensation
It may be tempting to take a settlement that is desperately needed, and it may feel next to impossible to successfully navigate a trucking accident claim. However, victims of trucking accidents are encouraged to persevere and preserve their right to pursue full and fair compensation. Help from the seasoned Green Bay trucking accident lawyers at Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can increase your chances of a fair settlement. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling 920-739-7366 today.